A man often reproved, hardening the neck, Is suddenly broken, and there is no healing.
In the multiplying of the righteous the people rejoice, And in the ruling of the wicked the people sigh.
A man loving wisdom rejoiceth his father, And a friend of harlots destroyeth wealth.
A king by judgment establisheth a land, And one receiving gifts throweth it down.
A man taking a portion above his neighbour, Spreadeth a net for his own steps.
In the transgression of the evil [is] a snare, And the righteous doth sing and rejoice.
The righteous knoweth the plea of the poor, The wicked understandeth not knowledge.
Men of scorning ensnare a city, And the wise turn back anger.
A wise man is judged by the foolish man, And he hath been angry, And he hath laughed, and there is no rest.
Men of blood hate the perfect, And the upright seek his soul.
A fool bringeth out all his mind, And the wise till afterwards restraineth it.
A ruler who is attending to lying words, All his ministers [are] wicked.
The poor and the man of frauds have met together, Jehovah is enlightening the eyes of them both.
a king that is judging truly the poor, His throne for ever is established.
A rod and reproof give wisdom, And a youth let away is shaming his mother.
In the multiplying of the wicked transgression multiplieth, And the righteous on their fall do look.
Chastise thy son, and he giveth thee comfort, Yea, he giveth delights to thy soul.
Without a Vision is a people made naked, And whoso is keeping the law, O his happiness!
By words a servant is not instructed though he understand, And there is nothing answering.
Thou hast seen a man hasty in his words! More hope of a fool than of him.
Whoso is bringing up his servant delicately, from youth, [At] his latter end also he is continuator.
An angry man stirreth up contention, And a furious man is multiplying transgression.
The pride of man humbleth him, And humility of spirit upholdeth honour.
Whoso is sharing with a thief is hating his own soul, Execration he heareth, and telleth not.
Fear of man causeth a snare, And the confident in Jehovah is set on high.
Many are seeking the face of a ruler, And from Jehovah [is] the judgment of each.
An abomination to the righteous [is] the perverse man, And an abomination to the wicked [is] the upright in the way!
Words of a Gatherer, son of an obedient one, the declaration, an affirmation of the man: -- I have wearied myself [for] God, I have wearied myself [for] God, and am consumed.
For I am more brutish than any one, And have not the understanding of a man.
Nor have I learned wisdom, Yet the knowledge of Holy Ones I know.
Who went up to heaven, and cometh down? Who hath gathered the wind in his fists? Who hath bound waters in a garment? Who established all ends of the earth? What [is] His name? and what His son's name? Surely thou knowest!
Every saying of God [is] tried, A shield He [is] to those trusting in Him.
Add not to His words, lest He reason with thee, And thou hast been found false.
Two things I have asked from Thee, Withhold not from me before I die.
Vanity and a lying word put far from me, Poverty or wealth give not to me, Cause me to eat the bread of my portion,
Lest I become satiated, and have denied, And have said, `Who [is] Jehovah?' And lest I be poor, and have stolen, And have laid hold of the name of my God.
Accuse not a servant unto his lord, Lest he disesteem thee, and thou be found guilty.
A generation [is], that lightly esteemeth their father, And their mother doth not bless.
A generation -- pure in their own eyes, But from their own filth not washed.
A generation -- how high are their eyes, Yea, their eyelids are lifted up.
A generation -- swords [are] their teeth, And knives -- their jaw-teeth, To consume the poor from earth, And the needy from [among] men.
To the leech [are] two daughters, `Give, give, Lo, three things are not satisfied, Four have not said `Sufficiency;'
Sheol, and a restrained womb, Earth -- it [is] not satisfied [with] water, And fire -- it hath not said, `Sufficiency,'
An eye that mocketh at a father, And despiseth to obey a mother, Dig it out do ravens of the valley, And eat it do young eagles.
Three things have been too wonderful for me, Yea, four that I have not known:
The way of the eagle in the heavens, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the heart of the sea, And the way of a man in youth.
So -- the way of an adulterous woman, She hath eaten and hath wiped her mouth, And hath said, `I have not done iniquity.'
For three things hath earth been troubled, And for four -- it is not able to bear:
For a servant when he reigneth, And a fool when he is satisfied with bread,
For a hated one when she ruleth, And a maid-servant when she succeedeth her mistress.
Four [are] little ones of earth, And they are made wiser than the wise:
The ants [are] a people not strong, And they prepare in summer their food,
Conies [are] a people not strong, And they place in a rock their house,
A king there is not to the locust, And it goeth out -- each one shouting,
A spider with two hands taketh hold, And is in the palaces of a king.
Three there are going well, Yea, four are good in going:
An old lion -- mighty among beasts, That turneth not back from the face of any,
A girt one of the loins, or a he-goat, And a king -- no rising up with him.
If thou hast been foolish in lifting up thyself, And if thou hast devised evil -- hand to mouth!
For the churning of milk bringeth out butter, And the wringing of the nose bringeth out blood, And the forcing of anger bringeth out strife!